A friend and I made the rounds of 6 nurseries in San Diego County on Saturday. As all were relatively small and freeway close, it wasn't as daunting a trip as it might seem. There are some larger, inland nurseries we'd like to see but we left those for another day.
Our first stop was Shore Gardens in San Clemente, selected mainly to provide us an opportunity to stop and stretch our legs after more than an hour on the road. It appeared to cater to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood, offering a general range of plants but, as proved characteristic of all our stops, there was a good selection of drought tolerant plants, as well as some of the tropical plants you expect to find along the coast.
I didn't buy anything, although I did give a moment's thought to purchasing this, thinking that maybe the neighborhood raccoons would respect the newcomer's territorial rights:
Our next stop was Barrels & Branches in Encinitas. Another general garden center, it specializes in selling barrels (for planting and water storage), as well as plants. A large area was dedicated to succulents and other drought tolerant plants. I heard the owner tell another visitor that she was making the garden available for special events, like weddings, too.
|This beautiful variegated agave wasn't identified|
|But this one was: Agave celsii|
|The garden mascot (picture taken by my friend)|
I took home a few plants but nothing unusual.
|My purchases included 3 Lomandra 'Breeze,' obtained at a good price and 1 Pentas lanceolata (not shown)|
We hit another nursery, Cordova, on our way to lunch. It specialized in succulents, pottery, garden furniture and indoor plants. The small succulents were very well priced and we spent quite awhile reviewing the large range of varieties available.
|Cordova also had a greeter, a 31 year old female parrot named "Paco" who called hello but otherwise refused to speak|
I left there with a dozen small succulents, already planted in my street-side succulent border, and an Anigozanthos
, sold for a very reasonable price.
After lunch, we visited Solana Succulents, which is owned and operated by Jeff Moore, an expert in the creation of undersea-style succulent gardens and the author of a new book entitled "Under the Spell of Succulents."
You can find an article on him, written by Debra Lee Baldwin
, herself an author of a few books on succulents, here
. His nursery requires exploration, as plants are crammed in everywhere. Many were unlabeled but he was happy to identify them when asked.
|Solana also had a mascot, Lucy - my friend captured this photo of her front half|
|But I got my own photo of her back half|
Of course, I bought a few things at Solana Succulents, including Moore's new book. The following plants came home with me:
|Moore wasn't positive of the ID on this agave but he thinks it's A. applanata|
|This one is Dyckia marnier-lapostellii|
|And this one, which I've already planted in my street-side border, is Senecio amaniensis|
From Solana Succulents, we headed back north, stopping at Glorious Gardens in Encinitas. This is a retail off-shoot of a landscaping business run by 2 women. The retail store is very small but was packed with interesting plants and decorative items.
|The truck at the front of the store has a driver in seasonally appropriate attire|
|The store includes a miniature art gallery|
|I believe these photographs were taken by one of the owners|
|An interesting take on a plant hanger|
Constrained by my checkbook and the space in my friend's car, I took home just one plant from Glorious Gardens but it's one I've been looking for:
|Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' - the agave look-alike was in a one-gallon pot for $18 so how could I pass it up? |
There was a wholesale succulent seller next door to Glorious so we popped in there before heading home. If the seller's establishment had a name, I didn't see it. Advertised as a veteran-owned business, the owner and his 2 dogs were very low-key. He checked a reference list to identify the plants he sold me.
|The plant on the right is Kalanchoe orgyalis (aka copper spoons) but the seller identified the plant on the left as Echeveria pulv-oliver but I don't think that's correct as it doesn't have fuzzy leaves - can anyone identify it for me?|
That was it for our trip to San Diego. My friend is already planning our next expedition, however, I'd like to get what I've already purchased planted and complete my preparation of the new planting areas at the front of the house first. Still, there's a fall plant sale at the local South Coast Botanic Garden this weekend that I don't intend to miss...
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